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I have been asked so many times by my peers, how I juggle time to have a job while attending school full time. I honestly couldn’t tell you how I have the time because it can get challenging having to work when you have assignments due left and right. However, I think it is VERY important to separate your personal life from school. You still need to find time to do things that make you happy. I enjoy going to my job because it gives me a break from school work and also gives me some time to get off campus. I think it is essential to have a job during college even if it is a few hours a week, not only to be making a little bit of money but also to give you that self pride. Once you see paychecks coming in, you get a sense of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at In Their Words
Every year around Halloween, the Res Life sets up an event that is open to the community. This event is very well planned and you can totally see all the hard work that the RA’s put into it. They set up a night where students can come and carve pumpkins to set up around campus for the trick or treaters to come. They get decorations and decorate the residental building with fake spider webs, pumpkins, spiders, lights, etc. Kids are able to get dressed up and come through the halls of the residental buildings while the students hand out candy to them. I think it is such a great way to combined the community with our school. It is fun for not only the kids to dress up but also us students. Students also decorate the outside of their doors for this night. It allows us to take a break... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at In Their Words
The time is here that everyone has been waiting for...FAMILY WEEKEND! This weekend has always been special to me because its the time that I go see my family. Even though I live only an hour or so away from campus, I still don't see my family as much as I would like too. It is a nice weekend to just relax and be able to breathe. We all need a break from school every now and then and I think it is such a good idea that Norwich has an event called "family weekend." I know how college students branch out when they get to college and often forget to call home to talk to their family, so it is a good reminder to students to take the time to go see them. No matter how old we get, we will always need our family and it is important... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at In Their Words
Happy Halloween Everyone! Halloween day is always my favorite around campus because not only do the students dress up but also the facility. It is so cool to see everyone's creativity and just have fun with it! Today at chow, the Sodexo workers were all dressed up as different emojis. It was such a good conversation starter between the workers to see which emojis are their favorite. I saw a lot of students who did face painting, and it amazes me how artistic people get. It is another way of expressing yourself and your interest. There were even professors that were celebrating Halloween and had costumes on. Even though Norwich is a military college, we still have a lot of fun! I remember back when I was a kid growing up, Halloween was huge for my family. We would get dressed up hours before, and go trick or treat at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at In Their Words
In my three years being at Norwich, I have found that being apart of clubs and extracricular activities will maximize your college expereince here. Joining clubs, sports teams and work study jobs will help you gain friendships, memories, and achievement. I think staying involved around campus plays a huge part in suceeding here. It is most important to love where you go to school and being involved in things you like doing will help you meet that standpoint. There are job fairs that are held on the WCC green as well as club fairs. There are also bulliten boards around campus and in the residential buildings that have information about how to get involved around campus. If you are a civilian at Norwich, there is often actvities hosted by the RA's like icecream socials and crafts! Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2019 at In Their Words
Are you feeling a little down and missing home? I have a few tips and tricks for you! I had a really hard time moving away from home. The biggest advice I can give you is just understanding that it is a normal feeling and a lot of other students are struggling with homesickness as well. Missing home does not mean you are "weak" it simply means you miss your friends, family, pets, home, or even just a familiar place. One tip would be to try to keep your mind busy. Hangout with your friends and surround yourself with positivity. I have found that once classes startup, you will be busy with homework and studying so that will also ease your mind a bit and not give you as much time to think about being home. Call home often to talk to your family and always keep in touch with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2019 at In Their Words
As we all know, moving away from home can often be difficult and challenging. Moving away from your childhood best friends and going somewhere where you know absolutely no one can be intimidating. However, you will always find a group of friends. I struggled with homesickness when I first moved to college even though I was an hour away from home. Now I am in my junior year of college and I look forward to coming back to school. I like being able to be nearby my best friends and being able to hang out with them in my free time. I do miss my family but with being only an hour away, I can go see them whenever I want too. It might be more difficult for others that cannot see their family as much however, it makes the time you can see them so much better! Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2019 at In Their Words
Welcome back, everyone! I wanted to take the time to introduce myself to anyone who does not know me. My name is Brianna and I am a junior nursing student here at Norwich University. I am from a small town in Vermont, so I am not too far away from home. I have been a student blogger since my freshmen year at Norwich. I have also done the snapchat blogging as well. I think it is great that Norwich offers this opportunity to not only help upcoming freshmen get a look in on Norwich but also for other individuals to see what is happening around campus. It is a good way to be able to relate to other students whether that might be with how classes are going or even how hard the transition is moving from home. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2019 at In Their Words
It is that time of year where everyone has their own family traditions. Family traditions are what makes the holidays so special. My family has a Christmas party every Christmas Eve. My mom and I spend all day preparing food and then at 6 pm my family shows up. We eat together and then sit around the Christmas tree to open up gifts. We then turn on the radio and dispatch tells all of the kids that the local airport saw Santa's sleigh and 8 tiny reindeer. They tell all the kids to rush home and crawl into bed before Santa arrives. It is so cute seeing my niece and nephews grab their coats and boots and rush out the door to make it home in time. Then on Christmas day, we make cinnamon buns and open presents. After that, we go to my stepsister's house in pajamas and hang... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2018 at In Their Words
Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you all are enjoying your time with family and friends! This time of year is so busy for everyone. I will tell you some of my plans for the holidays. Last night we had family come over and we all opened gifts and ate a bunch of food. Today I got the opportunity to sleep in which doesn't happen often! I spent the day with my family and we went four-wheeling and shared an amazing meal together. On New years, I plan on hanging out with a few friends in the morning and then going to my grandfathers for dinner. Then after dinner, I have to work. So my holidays have been and will be extremely busy. I cannot believe 2019 is almost here!! I am hoping for such an amazing memorable year! Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2018 at In Their Words
Winter break is here and I cannot be more excited! I have been on break for a week now and I have been super busy. I have been running around getting errands done before the holidays! Now I am so ready to spend more time with family that I dont get to see often and just be able to relax. It will be nice to be able to not have to worry about homework assignments and studying for a while. Winter break is usually from December 18th to January 18th but that also depends on when your last final exam is. I plan on working quite a bit over break and getting some stuff done like preparing for next semester. I am sure that winter break will fly right by and I will be back at school in no time! Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2018 at In Their Words
I can finally say that my first semester of sophomore year is done! I finished my last final exam on December 18th. It is so bittersweet! I am so glad it is over with but then again, I am going to miss some of my classes and the professors I had. It is so crazy how fast semesters fly by. I feel like just yesterday I was arriving on campus as a freshman. Your elders always tell you that college will be over in the blink of an eye and it is so true. Although, I am happy that it is one more semester down and I am moving closer to my degree day by day! Bring on the second semester!! Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2018 at In Their Words
Maintaining a job while being a nursing student has its pros and cons. It is extremely hard and exhausting but it is doable. One of the pros is that I get to work in a field that I am most passionate about, the healthcare field. I get paid for doing things that I love which is taking care of people in need. I can use the knowledge and skills that I have been trained in (I am a Licensed Nurses Assistant). I get to bring my homework for my downtime. Some of the pros are having to go to school all day, then head into work, stay up all night and then come back in the morning to get ready to go to class. I don't get the amount of sleep that I need but I am at least loving what I do. It can be physically and emotionally draining... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2018 at In Their Words
I know it can be tough to stay on top of school work, especially during college. It is often a challenge to juggle friendships, family, a relationship, school work and also a job. I find it difficult to figure out time management for all of those things. However, it is important to make sure you have a balance. I usually have a set schedule that I like to go by so I know what time I have free time to hang out with friends but also making sure I focus on the most important part, that being school. If I have a gap between classes, I go to the library to do homework even if it's for an hour. I know an hour doesn't seem long but it definitely helps. Instead of waiting till late that night to do homework, I try to finish it during the day so that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2018 at In Their Words
For all of the sophomore nursing students, November 29th will always be a special day in our hearts. That is the day that we got presented our white lab coats. These coats symbolize the completion of another chapter of our nursing career. With that being said, this is a huge deal to Norwich University's School of Nursing and the students. We also got presented a pin from The Gold Foundation. This pin symbolizes trust, respect, and communication within the healthcare professionals and mainly is an oath to "keep healthcare human." I feel beyond grateful that Norwich acknowledges their students for their hard work and dedication. It encourages us to keep pushing forward and knowing we have a great support system always helps. It is also a day that your family and friends are welcome to come to share your achievements with you. It's nice to be able to relax with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2018 at In Their Words
For many of you reading this, you are going into your first week of finals in your college career. For others of you, this may just be another week. No matter who you are it is always a stressful time of year. Personally, for me, there are three rules I try to follow. Those being, have a support system, maintain your physical health, and find something to look forward to. For my support system, I have my boyfriend, friends, and family close by a helping me along the way. With that said, that is not what your group has to consist of it is just important to have a solid support system no matter what it may be. When I say maintain physical health I don’t mean going to the gym or going on a diet. I just mean focusing on making sure you don’t skip meals, you don’t wait... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2018 at In Their Words
I thought it would be a good idea to interview my boyfriend and ask him a few questions on how it is to live far away from home. I figured it would help some of you that are struggling with being away from home and not able to see family as much as you'd like too. Homesickness is one of the biggest struggles college students face. The first question I asked him is, "How do you deal with homesickness?" He replied with, "Just keeping myself busy. It helps me to be constantly doing something whether that be, hanging out with you or friends, baseball or homework. I find it to be easier if I don't have much time to think about being away from home." The second question I asked him is, "What is like to not see your family every day?" He said, "My freshmen year was the hardest... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at In Their Words
On September 9th, my boyfriend surprised me with flowers and asked me to attend the Regimental ball with him. It caught me off guard because he asked me over a month away. However, I am beyond glad he did because it gave me enough time to prepare for this special day. I had time to shop around for the right dress that I fell in love with, heels and jewelry. I made plans over a month away to get my hair done so I could have time enough to choose what I wanted to do with my hair. Fast forward to October 27th, I spent the entire day getting ready for the ball that was that night at 6:30. I had my family drive to school to come to help me get ready and take pictures. I also helped a few of my friends get ready as well. There were... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at In Their Words
This one is for anyone who is wondering what it is like to be a student-athlete at the collegiate level. Since I myself am not an athlete here at Norwich I sat down and asked my boyfriend, who is on the baseball team, some questions. The first question I asked was, “How do you effectively manage your time to maintain your grades, commitments, and our relationship?”. His answer was, “Planning, planning is the key to successful time management, at least for me. You sometimes have to do an assignment that isn't done for another week just so it's done. As for a relationship, it's just important to find someone who is willing to give up their time with you to allow you to do something you enjoy doing and will support you.” My last question for him was, “What was a typical day like for you during the season?” This... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at In Their Words
On October 26, the civilian students had the opportunity to hand out candy to little kids in our community. Not only did the kids have a good time but it also gave us students a break from homework. After having a long rough week of classes, it was so nice to be able to relax from school for a bit. I think it is important for Norwich to be apart of the community and to get involved. Seeing the kid's faces light up while knocking on doors was such a nostalgic experience that reminded me from when I was little. I remember running from house to house to get candy. Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays and I am glad Norwich planned a fun event like this. It gave us students the opportunity to answer any questions the kids had about college and our major. I had... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at In Their Words
I cannot believe that yesterday was my last first day of sophmore year. It is crazy to think that I already have started my sophomore year of nursing school because it feels like just yesterday I was walking around campus trying to find my classes as a freshmen. I really think I will enjoy every class I have this semester. My professors seem to be really nice! My favorite part about starting new classes is getting the opportunity to meet new people and become friends. I got all of my prerequisites done last year so this year I am just focusing on strickly just nursing classes. I have a lot of interest in every single one of my classes so it makes me even more eager to learn. I had a lot of fun on my first day of classes because I got to meet up with old friends and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at In Their Words
Whether you’re a freshmen or an upperclassmen, you may be a little homesick. That feeling is completely normal so don’t be embarrassed! It can be difficult to move away from home, family, pets, and close friends. The college transition can be a little overwhelming and stressful but it will get better. I know you probably hear that all the time but believe me, it’s true. I remember when I first moved in freshmen year, I was a little homesick. More so because it was all new to me. I didn’t know what to expect and I was going to a college that I knew absolutely no one. I was excited but yet so nervous because it is a different environment than being at your home. One of the hardest parts for me was sharing a room with someone. However, it all worked out and my roommate and I became really... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at In Their Words
Welcome everyone! I hope you all had an amazing summer! It is crazy how fast summer flew by but I guess the saying is “time flies when you have fun!” Now it is time to kick back into the school routine. We are enrolled back into classes and pursuing our dreams! I am excited to get back on track and to figure out a routine that bests fits my schedule. We all tend to have mixed feelings about coming back to school, whether it be missing home or our animals. However, it is always exciting to come back and see all of your friends. Especially in college, most of your friends will live in a different state so it makes it difficult to hangout during the summer. That is always my favorite part, being able to be reunited with friends. I am also ready to get another year of college... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at In Their Words
Hello everyone! I will start off by introducing myself. My name is Brianna and I am a sophomore nursing student at Norwich University. I was born and raised in Vermont and I love this state! I went to a small tech center during my junior and senior year of high school where I studied Allied Health. The Allied Health program focuses on the medical field and helps you chase your dreams of being a healthcare professional. Nursing has always been in my heart since I was little, however my passion for helping people grew stronger and stronger when I started my clinical rotations in a local nursing home and hospital. Within the first year of this program I received my Licensed Nurses Assistant, Personal Care Attendant, and I also passed all five psychomotor skills for my Emergency Medical Responder. Due to my strong love of healthcare, my teacher decided she... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at In Their Words
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